Powerlifting legend Konstantin Konstantinovs has died aged 40

Powerlifting legend Konstantin Konstantinovs has died aged 40

Latvian-Russian Konstantin Konstantinovs, one of powerlifting's all time greats, died on Monday aged just 40 years old, shaking the strength training world. News of his death was broken by his friend and fellow powerlifting great Kirill Sarychev on Instagram with the simple words 'Rest in peace, my friend'. A cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Konstantinovs was widely considered one of the best deadlifters in the world, and held multiple still unbroken world records at the time of his death, including a raw drug tested deadlift of 411kg in the 125kg weight class, a 1005kg raw total in the 140kg weight class, and the heaviest raw deadlift ever performed in the 140kg class– either drug tested or untested – at 426kg, made more impressive by the fact that he did it beltless.

Konstantinovs' awe inspiring 426kg raw deadlift

Fellow deadlift specialist Cailer Woolam paid tribute to Konstantinovs on Instagram yesterday, writing: “RIP Big Guy. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet you; it was one of my favorite experiences during my trip to Russia. Thanks for all the inspiration over years ❤️"

In the wake of his death many are choosing to remember Konstantinovs by words spoken in this interview with Kirill Sarychev, and kindly translated into English by our friends at Barbend.

“You can lift as much as you want. Never forget that anything can happen to any of us at any moment… even tomorrow, so the next competition may never happen. And if you have the opportunity, if you have the strength to make a record, never leave it for tomorrow. Tomorrow may never come.”

The world has lost an all time great, may he rest in peace.


IMAGE: GionPippa/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0


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